Boeing lifting build rate of 787 Dreamliner

Oct 27, 2011 | 04:27 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Boeing, 787 Dreamliner, build rate, assembly line, ramp-up and production, earnings, James Bell, airliner assembly commercial airliners

LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co. has begun to ramp up the build rate of its 787 Dreamliner as it also looks to start a second assembly line for the new airliner in 2012.

Jim McNerney, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said the Chicago-based aerospace giant has increased production on the 787 to 2.5 per month from two previously.

The plane’s only final assembly facility is in Everett, Wash., but a second 787 assembly line in North Charleston, S.C.—a key component in the company’s plan to raise the build rate to 10 per month by the end of 2013—is on track to make its first delivery next year, McNerney said during an investors’ telephone conference call. ....

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